Meet Science 2: Light and Sound is an outstanding learning app that explains two important scientific topics in a way children can understand. It earns a Top Pick for us at Fun Educational Apps because of its high quality and solid content.
Meet Science 2: Light and Sound is the latest educational app from NCSOFT. Available exclusively for the iPad, it joins Meet Science 1: Magnetism and Electricity, Meet the Insects: Forest Edition and Meet the Insects: Water and Grass Edition in the developer's collection. The layout of this app is very similar to the others- an opening screen contains links to all the features included in the app. In Meet Science 2: Light and Sound, these features include:
- Learn- A combination of text and animation that explains a principle of light or sound
- Glossary- Definitions for over 80 crucial terms like translucent, wavelength, and spectrum
- Experiments- Step-by-step instructions for thirteen hands-on activities
- Mini games- Three activities that use a game platform to reinforce concepts being taught
- Settings- Adjustments for background music, sound effects, and voice; also includes the parent portal under the heading More.
How the App Works-
In the Learn module, there are three chapters devoted to concepts of light (example- "It Travels in a Straight Path") and three chapters devoted to sound (example- "Just like Ocean Waves"). Told in a narrative style, text is paired with cartoon animations to explain the principle. Right and left arrows move the story ahead or back. At the end is a short review of key points, followed by videos that demonstrate relevant experiments. Note: These experiments require adult supervision.
The Glossary has entries that explain important terms being used in the Learn modules. Having a glossary available as a quick reference is a smart touch.
The Experiments section is the most fun. It includes directions for conducting experiments that show the principles of light and sound in action. One of the most intriguing involves using a plastic cup, plastic wrap and sugar to demonstrate how sound travels through the air.
There are three different Mini games included in Meet Science 2: Light and Sound. They use concepts that relate to light and sound, presenting them in a gameplay format. One game, Reflect-N-Collect Lights, requires you to choose mirrors to reflect light along a path in order to reach the growing plant. Clever!
What Fun Educational Apps Likes-
Meet Science 2: Light and Sound is not a one shot app. The content is extensive, and if you complete all the activities, it will take many hours. I can't think of a better use for a child's time, can you? The learning modules are written clearly enough that most children can understand them. Pair those explanations with lots of animation, related experiments and mini-games, and you have a complete learning package.
In a Nutshell-
Tablet technology is able to explain scientific principles in a way that textbooks never could. With this app, children can not only learn about how light and sound work, they can come to a deeper understanding of these scientific principles. Meet Science 2: Light and Sound exceeds expectations for content, design, and animation. It is the latest Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps in the category of science apps for children.
Meet Science 2: Light and Sound is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $6.99/£4.99/€6.99
At the time of this review, Meet Science 2: Light and Sound contains no ads, nor does it offer in app purchases (IAP). There is a link to the App Store to download other NCSOFT apps, accessible from a protected parent portal. Your child’s privacy is secure when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6 to 14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
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